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Forum staff reports, Published September 02 2009

Hoeven says state working to help Bobcat employees

North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven released a statement this morning after Bobcat announced it would shutter its manufacturing operations at its Bismarck plant and move about 390 jobs to Gwinner.

Here is the full text of his written statement:

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. John Hoeven today said the State of North Dakota is taking action to help Bobcat workers following the company’s announcement that it will restructure its operations in North Dakota due to the national recession.

“We are concerned about the men and women who will be affected by Bobcat’s announcement today that it will restructure its operations in North Dakota, and we want to do all we can to help those impacted.”

According to company officials, Bobcat’s restructuring plan will reduce the company’s workforce by about 85 jobs by the end of the year and transfer approximately 390 manufacturing jobs from Bismarck to Gwinner. Bismarck will retain 150 employees for its research and development division, aftermarket operations and sequencing center.

“We have asked Job Service North Dakota to help ensure that unemployed workers get timely unemployment benefits, and work to assist them in their efforts to transition to new jobs. In addition, we will work with the state Commerce Department to take steps to recruit new jobs in Bismarck to replace those that are being moved to Gwinner. We will also work with Mayor John Warford and Bismarck-Mandan Development Association President Russ Staiger to contact other companies in order to replace the Bismarck job reductions.”